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Our Mission

The mission of the Gloversville Public Library Local History Room is to collect, preserve, share, and make available to the public items that are pertinent to the history of Gloversville, Fulton County, the Mohawk Valley Region, and the Capital District of New York State.

Gloversville Free Library Reading Room circa 1940s showing on the Right Catherine Costello Library Director
Gloversville Free Library Reading Room, circa 1940s, Right, Catherine Costello, Library Director
Regular Hours
(Labor Day thru May 31st)

Open Hours:
Sat 11 AM - 3 PM

By appointment only:
Tues 10 AM - 3 PM
Thurs 2 PM - 7 PM

Summer Hours
(June 1st thru Labor Day)

Open Hours:
Mon 3 PM - 7 PM

By appointment only:
Tues 10 AM - 3 PM
Thurs 2 PM - 7 PM

To Visit

The Local History Room is available during limited hours. Stop by during open hours, or call or email the Library to schedule an appointment (518-725-2819 or Please contact the Library before visiting to confirm available hours and appointments. While utilizing the Local History Room, personal items are limited to paper, writing utensils, laptops, and/or other mobile devices. Lockable self-storage is available outside of the Local History Room to secure all other personal items during your visit. Visitors will be accompanied by a staff member.

Our Collection

Materials in the Local History Collection are available for in-house use only. The Collection includes:

  • Fulton County cemetery records
  • City directories for Gloversville & Johnstown dating back to the 1860s
  • Old atlases of Fulton & Montgomery Counties
  • Gloversville High School yearbooks
  • Local newspapers on microfilm
  • Genealogy resources
  • Historical pictorial collections
  • And more!
scanned image from Gloversville Johnstown City Directory 1898
Gloversville Johnstown City Directory - 1898

Our Microfilm Collection is not indexed. It is necessary to know specific or approximate date(s) to search the collection. Material found on microfilm can be emailed, saved to an external drive, or printed for a small fee.

The Collection includes:

    • The Leader-Herald
      1955 - 2018
    • The Moring Herald
      March 1913 - 1941 (some months missing)
    • The Leader Republic
      July 1937 - June 1954 (some months missing)
    • The Daily Leader
      September 1888 - December 1903 (missing 1989 & some months)
    • The Gloversville Standard
      April 2, 1857 - January 19, 1860
    • The Gloversville Intelligencer
      January 15, 1867 - December 28, 1889
    • Board of Meditation Hearings, glove cutters strike 1914
Off Site Resources

Fulton County Museum & Historian
237 Kingsboro Ave., Gloversville
(518) 725 - 2203

County Clerk's Office
223 W. Main St., Johnstown, NY
(518) 736 - 5555

Gloversville City Clerk
3 Frontage Rd., Gloversville
(518) 773 - 4542